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Health Protection Agency

Volume 455: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes in practice have resulted following publication of the Health Protection Agency’s port health and medical inspection review. (104379)

The joint Health Protection Agency (HPA) and Home Office review of port health and medical inspection under the Immigration Act 1971 identified an action plan, which is currently being implemented. The HPA has initiated work to ensure that arrangements at each port of entry are robust, understood and fit for purpose, which allow the HPA to assume full responsibility for the medical input to these services from April 2007. The Home Office has also set up standing arrangements for the healthcare of immigration detainees at ports of entry.